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Rosey Nosey - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 01-23-2003)
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Photo of Doiv
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very dark but very smooth winter ale that tastes as if it had been brewed with cherries. This is a real delight – a fragrant brew that really does take the chill off the British winter. Very full in the mouth with an excellent aftertaste. I also loved the comical flashing nose upon the pump!

Doiv, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a good, flavourful, and very drinkable winter warmer that is very much a slightly sweeter, more full-bodied version of a good "regular" English ale.

Brownish copper, it has a fairly big pale tan head but it shrinks fairly steadily to leave only a foamy ring and almost no lace.

Aroma is caramelised, buttered toast with bread crust, plums, prunes, leaves, currants.

Taste is sweet brown bread with a light toasted-wheat bitterness and sweet currants, browned sugar, sweet-sour fruitiness (plums, prunes, raisins) and a lot of fruit in general from start to finish. After being rather sweet up front, it develops a light leafy-earthy spicey bitterness in the finish that lingers spicily with sweet-sour fruit in the aftertaste. There is some subtle complexity underneath and it has a full-bodied well-roundedness that helps give it a good winter-warmer quality. Feel is good, firm and solid, neither watery nor oily even if it has a hint of oiliness.

Offa, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle.

Poured into a Gordon's thistle glass (twice).

Looks a picture, clear, dark terracota with a fine slightly off-white head.

Aroma is sweet and Christmas pudding smelling, caramel and cinnamon come to mind.

Tastes of hops and malted biscuits, fairly bitter, but the fruitiness in the aroma tempers the flavour to produce a very good beer.

The mixture of flavours stay in the mouth, 4.9% isn't heavy, the mouthfeel reflects that.

All in all, a very good beer. I had three pints of this beer with my Christmas dinner in 2006, I don't choose any old beer to have on that day!

BlackHaddock, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of AEK
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Copper/autumnal red beer with a slightly off white, bubbly head.

S. Some Maris Otter malt, apart from that not a lot detected.

T. Juicy malt, a nice hop presence, a touch of red fruit - maybe cherry or strawberry.

M. Medium, slightly carbonated.

D. A very good Christmas beer from the Wainfleet brewery. Not the strongest Christmas beer but will certainly give the higher abv's a run for their money. Also suitable for vegans.

AEK, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a beautiful dark ruby red color with a cream colored head that recedes to a bubbly film. Light lacing sticks to the glass initially.

The aroma is subdued with notes of caramel and cherry coming out.

The taste starts out with a good warm caramel note before easing into cherry tartness and a subdued cinnamon spice in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to light in weight and very smooth.

Overall, this is just really delicious and easy to drink. A nice holiday ale from the UK.

JuicesFlowing, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep bronze color with a quick head and no residual foam. Good bubbling.

Sweet malty, bready, biscuity, cake aroma. Not overwhelming sweetness, but bring a smile to your face. Toasty malt, baking cake mix smells, with crackers and biscuits.

Light oily texture to the palate seems to enhance this beers sweetness. Baked angel food cake sweetness with bread crust, crackers, biscuits, and crumptes. Maybe even some Xmas spice in nuance. The yeast and malt combo gie off a few fruity flavors too.

Well rounded, tasty beer full of flavor.

scruffwhor, May 12, 2012
Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, let me start out by saying I got a case of this for FREE in a raffle so no matter how I thought this beer would taste I'd feel like a winner.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that this seasonal ale that the pub was giving away was actually quite tasty!

The beer pours a dark amber color with a decent head. The smell isn't particularly strong, though it has a sweet and pleasant aroma.

The first tasting notes is that it is very sweet - with a heavy maple flavor with some carmel notes. It strikes me as quite similar to bourbon! The beer is a bit of a contradiction to me because the flavor is robust and sweet, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin and even a little chewy.

This beer was quite a pleasant surprise, and though I wouldn't order it often it works quite well as a pleasant seasonal ale during the cold winter months.

ManuelHerrera, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

fruit and hop aromas,
dark amber with a slight haze, not much head.
Fruity, biscuit, fruit, good ale, rich malt.
Actually more carbonated than expected with a dry finish. medium full body,

pat61, Friday at 08:56 PM
Photo of fx20736
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a (500ml??) bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

Stunningly clear copper/ amber supports a thick meringue of vanilla caramel khaki, Excellent lacing.

aroma of toffee, lightly toasted pale malt and a herbal hoppiness.

mouthfeel: average

taste: huge malt presence followed by some plums and an old oaky sort of tea like bitterness.

notes: Calls itself a Holiday Ale. Kind of an Old Ale to me but it is good, a malt bomb with accompanying bitterness and some vinous, fruity flavor and a touch of oak. Good stuff.

fx20736, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber body topped by a thick tan head, lacing was thick but on the bottom third of the glass only. Mouthfeel was substantial and taste had a sweet malty profile with some cherry like fruitiness. Another nice cask offering. Enjoyed this ale with dinner at one of my favorite London pubs. Good match with food.

Mark, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +10.5%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +10.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask

Pours with a dark amber body, fairly good head (light cream), fair retention

Smell, spicy, some hint of eastern spices, mainly a sweetish malt profile in the background

Taste, slight hop bitterness, some spices, malt backbone

A really good little warming cask ale

cypressbob, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with a tight creamy eggshell head with ample trailers. Nose is citrus and spice hops with some buttered batch loaf maltiness. Hazelnut, caramel and crusty bread malts, diacetyl Werther's Original hit in the middle, nutmeg, wood oil and dried orange rind (holiday punch?) hops. Tinny finish, mild golden raisin and spice linger. Round and smooth, medium, with some chew.

Does a great job of tasting holiday-ish without added spice, and is dead on with the body - not too heavy or light. Maple, as another review says - combines wood, sweet, and spice. Wheat smooths out the feel. I could see staying on this all Christmas day.

StJamesGate, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of SRossman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Viceroy
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Viceroy, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Annesemj, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours an off white finger sized head that quickly fades, but leaves a thin layer on top of the brew with some residual lacing. The brew is a nice clear, deep copper color.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, raisins, toffee and some fresh baked bread along with some earthy hop.

Tastes very much as it smells - sweet caramel maltiness, raisins and maybe figs. Nicely balanced earthy herbal hop flavor that almost lends a tea quality.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Mildly carbonated.

Drinkability is high on this one, easily a sessionable brew.

A winter warmer, albeit lighter in abv that I would expect in a winter warmer, but having said that - it is worthy of a try.

ujsplace, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a deep red color with a creamy looking white head. The lacing on the glass is pretty good. The smell of the beer was had some nice sweet malt aromas with a touch of spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty nice. Wasn't able to pick up too much of the Christmasy flavors. The malts were good and there was a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and really drinkable. Overall it's not bad, I would drink it again.

Knapp85, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of melagnus
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into snifter glass with moderate head retention; density is only finger-thick. Tan to light brown in color, that hovers over clear copper liquid (SRM 13). Carbonic activity seems quite pronounced, though despite this, head is now roused much upon swirling. Thin film remains.

S - Sweet caramel mixes well with dried fruit (raisins). Vinous in aroma, this delightful sweetness mixes with a mild biscuity note to help balance out the syrupy fruits.

T/M - Medium body that consists of syrupy dried fruit and a toasted/fluffy mouthfeel. The Wheat malt provides the fluffy aspect and the Crystal malt adds the toasted profile. Finishes slightly wet, though the hops bring about a bitter dry (35 IBU) aspect to it. Hops are mild in comparison the the malty profile, which is appropriate for the style. It could be that molasses was added in small quantities to the beer, which would help explain the slightly syrupy profile and sweetness, though not sure. Maris Otter malt very much adds to the complexity of this treat!

D/C - Despite adjuncts, the beer is 5% ABV and doesn't fatigue the palette much. Alcoholic effects are quite mild and the beer is definitely something I could drink over the course of a long weekend. I'm picturing a small stone pub in northern England with snow falling on the sidewalks outside and people crammed into a small dimly lit room. Definitely not a Scotch Ale, or Barleywine, but this beer provides just enough warmth to let you know it's not summer anymore and yet light enough to be drunk in warmer climates as well. I'll definitely be looking for more of these :)


melagnus, Dec 21, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always like to try the seasonal beers, however when I noticed this was from Batemans I was not expecting much, personally I have always found Batemans beers rather bland.

The beer poured a nice clear, dark brown colour with an off white head that went to a thin line, but maintained throughout the duration of the drink.

The nose was quiet complex: a mix of hops with a variety of fruit represented, the main one being raisins or currants of some description, very complex, but very nice indeed.

The initial taste is dominated by malts, but this gives way to a bitter hoppy aftertaste, a bitter sweet combination that works very well. It develops into a nice mouthfeel, a good rich tasting beer that feels like a beer on the tonge, not too wattery.

I enjoyed the couple I had but did find the flavours a bit rich, especially by the end of the second pint. A typical Christmas beer, nice to try, but not a session ale in my opinion.

kmacphail, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle with a bottle code that I can't decipher.

Quick formation of two fingers of head, crackle pop to a thin lace that is resilient enough to leave some stickage on the glass. Buttery malt sweetness, peppery earthy minty hop, faint salt and some over-ripened fruit in the nose. Smooth and slick with a creamy medium body. Buttery, hint of sulphur, white chocolate sweetness meets a bowl of ripe fruit which end up being mainly raisins. Maltiness drops toffee and toasted honey biscuits. Hop bitterness is scattered but the flavor lingers with earthy, woody, peppery notes. Hint of estery alcohol in the back, mild. Flash of salt, toasted malt and herbal hop remnant in the semi-dry finish.

A bottle of controlled chaos, a lot going on here in this averaged sized package. I dig it, English and all ... it seems to work and comes up as being a quick sipper for me.

Jason, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. However, there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, caramel, raisins and some butterscotch. It's a mostly sweet malty aroma. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some toasted malt and figs. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it certainly goes down easy enough. I think it's a decent brew, it's definitely worth a try.

bluejacket74, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear nice copper color. Light spicy, malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light spices and hints of caramel. $7.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark clear amber with a soft light English head, some lace. Almost looks like a cask pint.

S: Maris otter malt, raisins, brown sugar/molasses.

T: Classic English dark crystal malt flavour, treacle sweetneess. Some red grape/raisin and mission fig esters, definite residual sugar. Earthy Goldings bite on the end add balance.

M: Soft easy carbonation, creamy, I like this aspect a lot, what you look for in an English pint. Nice long slightly sweet finish. Not cloying at all.

D: Nice drinking winter beer. A session beer out of a winter warmer, good pint.

Halcyondays, Jan 04, 2010
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Rosey Nosey from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.